August 2020 | Your connection to literacy tips, trainings and resources
In this Issue:
  • Call for Member Representatives to the Wisconsin Literacy Board
  • Welcome Our Newest Board Member
  • WL Member Demographic Survey
  • Meet Lili and Gordon: Maintaining Connection During COVID-19 
  • Portage County's New Normal: Literacy Lessons During the Time of COVID
  • Addressing Health Disparities: What Health Practitioners and Adult Basic Educators Can Do Together
  • New Virtual Plain Language Training
  • Thursday Morning Coffee Break: Your Plans for the Fall
  • Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Staff
  • Past Webinars Free On YouTube
  • COVID-19 Relief
Wisconsin Literacy News
Call for Member Representatives to the Wisconsin Literacy Board
Wisconsin Literacy seeks nominations for member representatives to serve on the board.

Member representatives must:
  • serve a two-year term, with an option for one additional two-year term
  • attend board meetings six times a year (currently virtually)
  • serve on one committee six times a year
  • share member agency best practices and current issues
  • help build connections and fundraise for Wisconsin Literacy

A preferred candidate would :
  • be an executive director, director, or program supervisor at a member agency;
  • serve in the Northeast, North Central, South Central (outside Madison), or Southeast (outside Milwaukee); and/or
  • work at an agency with under 150 learners.

To nominate yourself or someone else, please submit a nomination form at https://forms.gle/XwBAPJ4EbN68MDDQ7 and include:
  • statement of interest in the position
  • nominee's brief bio

Deadline for nominations is September 1st.
Welcome Our Newest Board Member
Meet April Kigeya
Chief Operations Director of Urban Triage
"Literacy is the foundation that enables individuals to learn and contribute as part of a community. I am committed to ensuring that this is not a barrier for anyone in our community."

April is a graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in Legal Studies. She has a long track record of program management, leadership, community engagement, and outreach through previous roles, including UW-Madison, Target Corporation, and Unity Point Health Meriter. Her work extends into the community by her service on the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable, City of Madison Affirmative Action Commission, and by serving on the Overture Center Community Advisory Board. In April’s current work as Special Project Manager for the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Outreach Specialist for the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and as Chief Operations Director for Urban Triage, she continues to foster her community engagement and outreach. In addition, April is a graduate of Urban Triage's first Supporting Healthy Black Families Cohort.
WL Member Demographic Survey

  • Have only 1 person from your agency fill it out.
  • Download a copy before you fill it out online.  
  • The Demographic Survey is required for all members.

The Demographic Survey helps us advocate to legislators, funders and other stakeholders. We aligned survey questions with ProLiteracy and United Way questions as much as possible.

Questions?
Contact Liz Fitzpatrick at liz@wisconsinliteracy.org or (608) 257-1655 ext. 3.
Success Stories
Meet Lili and Gordon:
Maintaining Connection During COVID-19
Lili Vera and Gordon Williams, her tutor, have met regularly for one and a half years and steadily Lili's life changed "totally - forever."

When COVID-19 closures shutdown in person meetings, Lili refused to quit. She knew that somehow they'd have to figure it out.

Portage County's New Normal:
Literacy Lessons During the Time of COVID
With safety measures, shifting public health information, and local resurgences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape of literacy tutoring is changing.

Kristy SeBlonka, Co-Director of PCLC (Portage County Literacy Council), shared with us how they adapted.

They shifted their April fundraiser online and trained and supported transitioning learners and tutors to virtual connections - Zoom, Facebook Live, WhatsApp, and the classic telephone call.

Professional Development
Addressing Health Disparities:
What Health Practitioners and Adult Basic Educators Can Do Together
The Open Door Collective will present "Addressing Health Disparities: What Health Practitioners and Adult Basic Educators Can Do Together" on August 4th at 2 PM EST.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made these health disparities painfully clear. Learn how public health practitioners and ABE programs can partner to:

  • Deliver accurate, clear public health messaging to at-risk individuals and their families and communities;
  • Help those individuals access quality healthcare services;
  • Provide empowering health-related teaching and learning in a supportive education environment.

New Virtual Plain Language Training
Now that we’re connecting primarily through phone, virtual meetings and email, clear communication is more important than ever. 

Wisconsin Literacy offers a new virtual training series around plain language, with introductory prices. ( Literacy members get a discount. See your RLC/RCC for more information.)

Plain language strategies:
  • save time and money by getting your message across faster.
  • motivate your readers to act quickly and accurately.
  • reduce time you spend prompting readers, clarifying questions, and correcting errors.

Learn more or register for upcoming trainings at: https://wisconsinliteracy.org/training/virtual-plain-language.html
Thursday Morning Coffee Break:
Your Plans for the Fall
Join Wisconsin Literacy members as we talk about plans for fall programming.


We look forward to connecting soon!
Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Staff
On August 12th at 10 am – 11 am, the “ Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Staff” webinar panelists will share how they are prioritizing mental health and wellness of colleagues and supporting non-profit teams during these challenging times (optional breakout room discussion from 11 am – 11:30 am).


Foundations in the Greater Milwaukee community coordinated this virtual discussion series of conversations about some of the most pressing issues facing nonprofits.
Past Webinars Free On YouTube
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COABE National Conference Webinar
Moving Your Fundraiser Online
Advocacy News
COVID-19 Relief 
We need to work together to ensure the final COVID-19 package – which is being negotiated right now – includes that $1 billion for adult education.

COABE leadership will be meeting with legislators over the next week and would like to share stories from the field during our meetings. Please share your stories and input with COABE in this short feedback form HERE. You are an essential part of the process, and we need your voice to ensure legislators understand how desperately the field of adult education needs the funding.

Please reach out to your Members of Congress with this action alert to advocate for adult education funding by clicking the "Take Action" button below.
Thank You
Please send news you want to share to  info@wisconsinliteracy.org so we can include it in the August 2020 e-news.

Thank you for your support!

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